There are tonnes of different activities to do using poles, but getting the distances right is super-important. Incorrect distances could confuse your pony, knock your confidence or even cause injury.
Every gait has a different stride length, so whether you’re walking, trotting or cantering over poles, using them between fences or jumping a double, you’ll need to make sure you’ve set them up correctly.
Check out the table below for your distance guide…
Here are some of our top tips:
- Keep your pony’s stride length in mind. If he has a really short or really long stride, you’ll need to adjust the distance accordingly.
- If approaching poles in canter, make sure you’ve established a positive and forward rhythm first.
- If using poles between fences, make sure you adjust the distance as the fences are raised.
- Keep your polework exercises simple and build up slowly if your pony doesn’t have much experience.